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BOOK REVIEW THE SOLICITOR’S HANDBOOK 2011 Legal Handbook Series General Editor: Andrew Hopper QC and Gregory Treverton-Jones QC ISBN: 978-1-85328-988-0 Law Society Publishing www.lawsociety.org.uk THE SINGLE MOST CONVENIENT SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR SOLICITORS An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers Andrew Hopper and Gregory Treverton-Jones have undertaken a significant review of the changes to the regulation of solicitors currently underway with the 2011 edition of “The Solicitor’s Handbook”. With the advent of what is termed “outcomes-focused regulation” and “alternative business structures” it has never been a more important time to stay abreast of the rules and regulations governing solicitors... and the phrases we use! The handbook has been comprehensively updated to take account of all the recent developments and will provide an excellent summary of the changes. It’s an authoritative guide which continues to give expert commentary on the practical reality of the regulatory and disciplinary environment in which solicitors operate, and it discusses all of the relevant decided cases in the field as well. This thoroughly updated 2011 edition offers the following changes at a glance: * a revised chapter on the Legal Complaints Service to take account of the establishment of the Legal Ombudsman on 6 October 2010; * consideration of the SRA's new powers to issue a £2,000 fine, or a written rebuke, to a solicitor and publicize its decision; * an overview of how the regulatory regime for alternative business structures may operate in practice; * a discussion of the SRA's proposed new outcomes-focused regulation; * a commentary on the new draft Code of Conduct due to be implemented in October 2011; and * coverage of the Solicitors' Indemnity Insurance Rules 2010. Yes, the handbook remains an invaluable resource which can assist practitioners in maintaining our high professional standards and enabling us to identify and deal with regulatory and disciplinary issues before they develop into loss for clients and others, damage to reputation, and regulatory interest. All these titles in the ‘Legal Handbook’ series from Law Society Publishing continue to produce a library collection of expert, specialist books and the works greatly assist our understanding of how our processes should work at whatever level of practitioner expertise. And that is just what we have here. This particular handbook is more needed than ever as it draws together all of the most important rules and regulations that affect solicitors in one volume, now expanded with 19 chapters and 22 appendices. The chapters remain conveniently split into four areas: the overview; the rules; fraud and money laundering; and the regulatory and disciplinary system in practice. The heavy detail is found in the appendices, although it’s fair to say that the book still needs to be used a bit first so you get used to finding where things are. So, this authoritative 900 page work from Law Society Publishing covers all the most important rules and regulations we need to know. It’s written with the practitioner’s perspective always in mind, and it provides that expert commentary on the practical reality of the regulatory and disciplinary environment in which we operate. It discusses all of the relevant judicial decisions in the field and it’s now also of significant use to barristers who conduct newly expanded public access work. Hopper and Treverton-Jones have excelled with their task to establish this handbook today as the single convenient source of information for solicitors and it’s a “must” for the office library.